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The Bayhill: Old Mutual Academy

Posted on Wednesday, 08th April 2009
by Trevor Kramer

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The Old Mutual Football Academy have established themselves, over the last few years, as a well oiled production line of young local talent.

With excellent facilities and top-notch coaches and personnel they have been a shining light in Cape Town football, hosting clubs such as Manchester United, soon after their inception.

Currently the Academy has strong ties with Premier Soccer League leaders SuperSport United and in essence act as a feeder club for the PSL side. Four players have recently been snapped up by SuperSport.

In an interview with Football365.co.za, Old Mutual Academy Director Terry Cunningham explained what he felt his side's chances were this year going into the prestigious Bayhill; and just what effect the loss of players might have ahead of the club's opening fixture against Milano FC.

Cunningham told Fottball365: "Milano are always a nice competitive team."

"But, yes we've lost a lot of players to SuperSport so we've got a very young team going out there."

"Last year we thought we had a good chance of winning it and we didn't and this year if we qualify for the next round we will be quite happy."

"We'll take one game at a time and see what happens as we have more under17's than anything else."

"If we can keep the group together, next year this time they'll be a year wiser."

"It's completely different kind of team we are putting out, which is nice. We've got lots of enthusiasm and no superstars so we got a nice group of players and a nice comradery."

Coaches and scouts from all over the country will be keeping their eye out for the 'next big thing' to come out of the Bayhill as it has long been associated with discovering young talent.

Cunningham recognises the importance of the event and the platform it provides for the young players.

He continued: "It is a big part of Cape Town culture. The Bayhill is a huge tournament for Cape Town."

"It always brings out players. But it doesn't make players, they come here as good players, and obviously they get spotted."

"It is always nice when they find players from one of the amatuer teams."

Interview from football365.co.za

 

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